Cleve­land charges past Kansas City for 8-4 vic­tory

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CLEVE­LAND— Fran­cisco Lin­dor hit an RBI dou­ble and the Cleve­land In­di­ans bounced back af­ter hav­ing their record win streak stopped at 22 by beat­ing the Kansas City Roy­als 8-4 on Satur­day to move to the brink of an AL Cen­tral ti­tle.

Lin­dor’s dou­ble in the sixth off Ja­son Ham­mel (8-12) gave the All-Star short­stop an ex­tra-base hit in a club-record 10 straight games. The ma­jor league record is 14 straight, shared by Chip­per Jones (2006) and Paul Waner (1927).

Car­los Car­rasco (16-6) pitched into the sev­enth as the In­di­ans im­proved to 32-5 in their last 37 games.

With the win, the In­di­ans clinched at least a tie for the divi­sion and dropped their magic num­ber for re­peat­ing as champs to one. If Min­nesota loses later at home against Toronto, Cleve­land will clinch and take the next step in get­ting back to the World Se­ries. Dodgers 3, Na­tion­als 2

WASHINGTON—Cody Bellinger hit his 38th homer to match the Na­tional League sin­gle-sea­son record for rook­ies, and the Dodgers moved closer to the NL West ti­tle.

Chase Ut­ley had two dou­bles and scored twice to help Los An­ge­les re­duce its magic num­ber to win the divi­sion to five. Rich Hill (10-8) and five re­liev­ers com­bined on a four-hit­ter.

Los An­ge­les also moved seven games ahead of Washington in the race to se­cure home-field ad­van­tage through­out the NL play­offs. The Dodgers have

won four straight since drop­ping 11 in a row.

An­thony Ren­don home­red for the Na­tion­als, who have lost four of five since clinch­ing the NL East last Sun­day. A.J. Cole (2-5) al­lowed three runs in five-plus in­nings.

Ken­ley Jansen worked a per­fect ninth for his 38th save. Yan­kees 9, Ori­oles 3

NEW YORK—Didi Gre­go­rius and Greg Bird home­red for the se­cond straight game, rookie Jor­dan Mont­gomery pitched six shutout in­nings and the Yan­kees won their fourth straight game.

The Yan­kees (82-66) ex­tended their stretch of win­ning sea­sons to 25, the se­cond-long­est such streak in ma­jor league his­tory be­hind their own 39 straight from 1926-64. They also stayed three games be­hind AL East-lead­ing Bos­ton.

Todd Fra­zier added a tworun homer shot as the Yan­kees won for the sev­enth time in eight games. Mont­gomery (8-7) al­lowed four hits and walked one.

Jeremy Hel­lick­son (8-10) took the loss. Cubs 4, Car­di­nals 1

CHICAGO—Kyle Hen­dricks pitched six-hit ball into the eighth in­ning, Ad­di­son Rus­sell home­red and the Cubs earned their fifth straight vic­tory.

Al­bert Almora Jr. had three hits and two RBIs for Chicago, which in­creased its NL Cen­tral lead to 3 1/2 games over Mil­wau­kee and five bet­ter than St. Louis. The Brew­ers were play­ing Mi­ami on Satur­day night.

Rus­sell was ac­ti­vated be­fore the game af­ter be­ing side­lined by a foot in­jury. He pinch-hit in the eighth and con­nected

for a solo shot against Tyler

Lyons.

Hen­dricks (7-5) al­lowed one run in a sea­son-high 7 2/3 in­nings. Wade Davis got three outs for his 30th save.

Matt Car­pen­ter home­red for St. Louis. Michael Wacha (128) al­lowed three runs in 5 2/3 in­nings. Red sox 3, Rays 1

ST. PETERS­BURG, Fla.— Rick Por­cello took a shutout into the eighth in­ning, Mookie Betts hit his 22nd home run and the Red Sox won for the eighth time in 10 games.

The win re­duced Bos­ton’s magic num­ber for clinch­ing a play­off spot to six and kept its AL East lead over the New

York Yan­kees at three games.

Por­cello (10-17) gave up one un­earned run in 7 1/3 in­nings. Craig Kim­brel pitched the ninth for his 33rd save.

Tampa Bay’s Alex Cobb al­lowed three runs and six hits in 5 1/3 in­nings. White Sox 10, Tigers 4

DETROIT—Matt David­son and Nicky Del­monico home­red, Tim An­der­son had four hits and the White Sox cap­tured their sea­son se­ries with the Tigers for the first time since 2008.

The White Sox have won 10 of 18 against Detroit this year. The teams have one meet­ing re­main­ing Sun­day.

Detroit’s Miguel Cabr­era left at the start of the fifth with back tight­ness. Myles Jaye (1-2) lasted just 1 2/3 in­nings.

Chicago has won six of eight, outscor­ing its op­po­nents 69-26. Rey­naldo Lopez (2-3) al­lowed four runs in seven in­nings. Reds 2, Pi­rates 1

CINCINNATI—Sal Ro­mano pitched a ca­reer-high eight shutout in­nings and Jesse Winker home­red, lead­ing Cincinnati to the vic­tory.

Ro­mano (5-6) al­lowed five hits, struck out six and walked none while im­prov­ing to 3-1 over his last six starts.

Pitts­burgh avoided a shutout when Andrew McCutchen hit his 26th homer in the ninth. But Cody Reed came in with a run­ner on first and re­tired Gre­gory Polanco on a grounder to se­cond for his first ca­reer save.

The Pi­rates wasted a solid start by Ivan Nova (11-14) in their fourth con­sec­u­tive loss. McCutchen and Elias Diaz each had two hits.

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